UPDATE TO THE CVUSD COMMUNITY REGARDING
MASKING GUIDELINES FOR K-12
JULY 20, 2021
Dear CVUSD Parents and Guardians:
Last week the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated COVID-19 guidance for California K-12 schools. The latest guidance reflects modified recommendations published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier this month. The CDPH guidance has been developed to ensure that all students have access to as much in-person instructional time as possible that is safe and inclusive for all parties in the classroom.
According to the CDPH’s Safety Measures for K-12 Schools:
- K-12 students are required to mask indoors, with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance. Adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students.
- Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition, must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.
- In limited situations where a face covering cannot be used for pedagogical or developmental reasons, (e.g., communicating or assisting young children or those with special needs) a face shield with a drape (per CDPH guidelines) can be used instead of a face covering while in the classroom as long as the wearer maintains physical distance from others. Staff must return to wearing a face covering outside of the classroom.
- Masks are optional outdoors for all in K-12 school settings.
The CDPH will continue to assess conditions regarding COVID-19 and determine no later than November 1, 2021, whether to update or suspend masking requirements.
As our community continues to move forward from the global pandemic, layered mitigation strategies are foundational in preventing outbreaks on campus and keeping our schools open for students to receive in-person instruction. If you have questions, comments, or concerns related to the mandated CDPH health directives in effect as of July 12, please contact the CDPH directly at Contact Us (ca.gov).
Thank you for continuing to support our students and assisting with creating a safe and healthy environment where they can learn and flourish through in-person instruction. The District will continue to share information with the CVUSD community as it is provided by the CDPH and other governing health organizations.
CVUSD Communications Department